Please read the Terms and Conditions for shipping information. US shipping is through UPS ground or the US Post Office. International shipping is US Post Office Priority Mail International or Express Mail depending on what the buyer's country allows or UPS International.
Please read the Terms and Conditions for payment information. We offer a variety of payment options including Paypal. Bidders will be sent an invoice on the Monday following the auction.
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ABBREVIATIONS GA - GAUGE IN - INCH INCOM - INCOMPLETE LOCO - LOCOMOTIVE ORIG - ORIGINAL REPRO - REPRODUCTION STD - STANDARD W/ - WITH GRADING OF CONDITION* C1 - POOR C2 - GOOD C3 - VERY GOOD C4 - FINE C5 - VERY FINE C6 - EXCELLENT C7 - EXCELLENT PLUS C8 - ALMOST LIKE NEW C9 - NEAR MINT C10 - MINT *finish on toy - paint, paper, lithography, etc. CONDITIONS OF SALE- The conditions listed for this sale are specifically for and apply to all Live Auctioneers bidders. _ Please do not wait until the auction has started to register to bid. We cannot guarantee that your registration will be processed during the auction._ In case of inclement weather, we will notify all approved bidders by e-mail of the date change. - The auctioneers have endeavored to correctly catalog and describe the property being sold, but all property is sold as is. The auctioneers reserve the right to make verbal corrections and provide additional information from the block at the time of sale. All trains and toys are sold as untested and are not guaranteed to run unless otherwise noted in the lot description. Play sets and games are only guaranteed to be complete if stated as so in the description. Built model kits are very difficult to pack and ship. You may have to reglue some pieces after shipping. They cannot be returned for that reason. - The highest bidder acknowledged by the auctioneer shall be the purchaser. In the event of any dispute between bidders, the auctioneers shall have absolute discretion as to who was the successful bidder or he may re-offer the disputed item for sale, if he so wishes. Please be aware that because of the bidding system that Live Auctioneers uses, you can lose a lot for the amount you have bid. If the auctioneer accepts a bid from an attending bidder or phone bidder before the internet bid, even if it is for the same amount, the item will sell to the attending bidder as Live Auctioneers cannot bid more than you authorized. Also, Lloyd Ralston Gallery has absolutely no access to your internet bid until it comes up on the screen as the item is being auctioned. We do not know who is bidding on a lot and cannot manipulate or run your bid. Live Auctioneers only supplies your bid's next increment as it is needed. Also, internet bidders are responsible for their online user ID's and access to your computer. Telling us that your ID was stolen or someone else was able to bid on your computer by mistake does not release you from your responsibility if a lot is purchased. - Internet bidders must pay in full by the due date on your e-mail invoice. If, as an internet bidder, you have no intention of paying for any lots purchased, please don't bid. We will file a dispute with Live Auctioneers which could affect your ability to bid in any future auctions with both us and other Live Auctioneers sellers.- The auctioneers will accept a US Money Order for US dollars, a US check for US dollars, PayPal, or a credit card paid directly to us (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express). There is a 20% Buyer's Premium. The buyer's premium is a fee charged to the buyer on each lot that is purchased. This fee exists because we are a bricks and mortar company that sells items taken in on consignment - we do not own the items for sale. We charge the owner a fee for selling the items for them just as we charge the buyer. The buyer's premium is arrived at by factoring in the fees charged to us by Live Auctioneers, PayPal and our credit card service. - Internet bidders who live in Connecticut are subject to the Connecticut .635% sales tax unless the bidder possesses a Sales Tax Exemption Number from any US state.- All sales are final. There will be no refunds issued beyond 30 days after the auction. We pay our consignors 30 days after the auction which means that if you have a legitimate problem with an item, you must let us know beforehand. Please bear this in mind when bidding on and paying for any items. Internet bid refunds will be at the discretion of the auctioneers. Refunds will not be given because of the condition of the original box. In the case of a refund due because of damage during shipping, the buyer will be refunded only when the auctioneers have been reimbursed by the professional shipping company. Return shipping will not be refunded.- Invoices for US buyers will be sent by e-mail through Live Auctioneers to internet bidders the Sunday or Monday after the auction. The shipping fee for US buyers will be an estimate of postage and insurance and a $5 handling fee per shipped box - not per lot purchased. We will pack as many lots as is reasonable in a box. If we have grossly under or overestimated the shipping cost, you will either receive a further invoice or a refund. We ship UPS ground with signature required at delivery. If you want your parcel delivered without requiring a signature, you must notify us by e-mail and assume all responsibility for the parcel. Also, we ship items out in a first-pay, first-ship basis. US shipping usually begins on the Wednesday after the auction. We strive to get everyone's purchases to them as soon as possible, but we cannot guarantee that your items will be shipped immediately upon receiving payment. - International buyers will receive an invoice of your purchases from us on the Monday or Tuesday after the sale through Live Auctioneers. We send a complete invoice with the shipping fee after we have packed the parcel to get an exact mailing fee. Because of Live Auctioneers & Paypal policies, we will only ship parcels internationally through a shipping service which provides a tracking number. The US Post Office Priority International service is the cheapest available with a tracking number. However, if you prefer UPS International, please let us know so that you are charged properly. Please remember that the shipping cost of the parcel is based on weight not value. We will not change our shipping policy based on the value of the item purchased. International buyers are responsible for all customs duty fees charged to them by their government. They will not be refunded under any circumstances.- Invoices are sent to the e-mail address that you provide when registering for the auction. If that is no longer your current address, and we cannot get a message to you, you are responsible for contacting us.- The auctioneers are not responsible for typographical errors or omissions.- The computer bidding process is not a perfect one. While we endeavor to execute the internet bidding as perfectly as possible, we are not responsible for missed internet bids caused by computer slowness or other variables. Also, please bear in mind that we are a bricks and mortar company running a live auction with attending bidders. Please ask any questions or express any concerns before you decide to participate. - Bidding on any item indicates your acceptance of these conditions. It is the buyer's responsibility to read and understand this information. Please contact us if you have a question or concern.LLOYD RALSTON GALLERY, Inc. guarantees the toys they sell, but cannot be responsible for interior repairs not visible without taking the toy apart or exact replacement parts created by contemporary craftsmen who are doing expert undetectable restorations. Missing pieces of toys and games not obvious without directions or knowledge of the toy or game are also not part of this guarantee. It must be understood that we cannot be responsible for minor age defects or hidden conditions. They will be sold in an "as is" condition. Original boxes were used to protect the items inside, so they are usually worn. The original box is not included in the grading of the toy. An original box described as "rough" should be considered as in very poor & distressed condition and may or may not be complete. It must be understood that toys were played with by children. Consequently, when a toy is graded C1, it has more flaws, such as rust, dents, worn tires, etc., than toys graded C6. However, the toys graded C6 might have these flaws also, but to a lesser degree. We do not grade a toy based on its rarity. If you have a specific question about a piece being auctioned and need more information than is listed in the catalog, please call or e-mail on a preview day and ask for assistance.